The effects of boredom proneness on different aspects of anger
and aggression were examined. Undergraduate students (N = 293)
completed the Boredom Proneness Scale (Farmer & Sundberg, 1986),
the Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992), and the Anger
Expression Scale of the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory
(Spielberger, Johnson, Russel, Crane, Jacobs, & Worden, 1985).
Two multivariate analyses of co-variance (Mancova) indicated a
significant effect for Aggression Questionnaire and Anger
Expression Scale total scores on boredom proneness levels.
Specifically, individuals high in boredom proneness had
significantly greater scores on the Hostility subscale of the
Aggression Questionnaire. Also, individuals with high scores on
the Boredom Proneness Scale had greater scores on all three
subscales on the Anger Expression Scale (Anger-In, Anger-Out, and
Anger-Control). Empirical evidence is provided for the idea that
boredom may be used as a multidimensional construct. It is
suggested that this construct could be used diagnostically to
explore how different types of boredom affect various aspects of
anger and aggression. Implications for this in therapeutic
settings are discussed.